Time to get serious about Iraq | SummitDaily.com

Time to get serious about Iraq

Here’s a stark reality. U.S. Rep. Mark Udall, who opposed the war in Iraq, has returned from a field trip to the country saying we have little choice but to stay and make things right.Udall’s estimate is the job of nation-creating will take three to five years. We would agree and we wish the presidential election focused on how that should be done rather than refighting the Vietnam War or at this point, even arguing about the mythical (or not) weapons of mass destruction that got us there in the first place.The first step is for the U.S. to look internally and to reconcile itself that if this war is upon us and it’s worth fighting, we better start acting like it. That is to say we should be paying for it instead of putting it on Uncle Sam’s credit card, and we damn well should be sending more troops in-country to improve security.The lack of security in Iraq is the No. 1 obstacle preventing progress. Anybody watching the news can see that. Udall returned home affirming that observation. We can’t talk about more troops without a fair discussion of reinstitution of the military draft. Democrats in Congress have raised the specter of the draft as a political ploy to drum up antiwar support, but now that we are battling for the peace in Iraq and struggling, the concept has gone from ploy to necessity.Udall returned with another observation gleaned from the Iraqis: It would help if more reconstruction contracts went to Iraqis rather than American companies. We won’t use the H-word here, nor will we address nonbid contractsBut suffice to say, the profit-motive is a powerful force and it should be one of our top weapons at waging peace.

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